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How old are your gardens

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:48

How old is your garden better still how old are your plants. Being brought up during my childhood and youth to know a very old walled garden, a Father who was brought up from an early age looking after the garden and small holding whose one and only interest was gardening. Well not quite he was a gentle quiet man who loved boxing, not the taking part, he let me do that but could talk about the subject and never missed the local bouts held in the club. His motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it do not bother growing it, this did not apply to his Peony's Arum Lilies, Chrysanthemums Lilac bushes Lily of the valley and Carnations, all of which he showed and won prizes with.

So was I spoilt well yes the gardens I have owned over the years never came up to the standard I had grown up with, saying that I never had stables or animals for natures tonic as we had in the old house.

My garden today I say is 31 years old, a new build with lawns back front and sides, a couple of Lawsonia a Thuja and a couple of crab apples all on the front and no bigger than my grandchildren. Then started the make over plants from the old home, my Parents moved as it got too much for them, we had buckets pots and cuttings which all found a place. A peony that was older than my Dad, A Juniperas my Mother kept in a pot which was twenty years old when I got it.

Some of those plants have been all over the garden until they found the place they loved, The Geum had six moves and this year is giving me the best show yet. The Deutzia Gracilis a pure white I saw today is in full blossom after three moves, the Paeonia are coming one after the other and thriving, the carnations need splitting and more cuttings taken. There are many more newer plants yet the old ones are the ones I love, the question being just how old are our gardens.

New Lawn help

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 13:55

Ighten, It depends on what seed you put down, it comes in many varieties and in your case looking at the blown up picture needs a tough old boot of a seed. If you rake over the bare patches and sow with a mix of compost or sand and seed it should take and begin to spread in no time. It is on a bank so it could also be dry, give it plenty of water at first. Do not try feeding until it has had a few cuts, blades up give it a chance. Back end a winter feed and weed which is slow release then Spring once it starts growing again a summer feed and weed, you may need to do that again six weeks later.

Grass takes time and needs to build from the roots up, give it time and if things are no better by the end of the growing season then is the time to think turf. As a by the way, I put down a lawn of turf against all advice two weeks before Christmas five years ago. It was a south facing aspect sheltered from prevailing winds and had a wall behind it to take in the suns heat and give it back, that lawn thrived and now looks better than my established lawns.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 11:22

Orchid Lady, do what I did when dragged to see my lovely Grandson and his band as they fronted a top line Pop Group at what they call "err" is it a Gig.

I took plenty of ear plugs and cotton wool and they were needed, the music was not of my world I might say any world although the crowd went mad. I did realise through my gathering deafness that they were lost in the "err" music as they gyrated all over the stage to the screams of the masses of girls and women who had taken over the front of the place. I managed to escape to a bar once they had done their bit in getting the girls off on a high, (excuse some of the language I am not a pop fan), He was on a real bouncing high when he found me so I made all the right noises, he is after all my grandson.

Well to sum up, I had dipped my toe into the modern world was pleased and appalled at the same time and now he is a steady hard working engaged lad doing up his own house. The band gave him the grit to keep going when rejected, the confidence to go on a massive stage many times and perform, the realism that not all will make it so you change direction. I wish your little drummer joy in what he does, my grandson also found that, he still plays without the mad gyrations.

Frank

Peat

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 11:04

Dry sandy soil does not need peat, it wants plenty of part rotted compost, manure, Paper, Cardboard, self grown green fertiliser dug into it, digging peat in would be a waste of time money and something I miss badly for young plants having not found a good substitute, I do still manage to get some and the greens do not worry me, if big growers can still get it why not us old lads and lasses.

My Father had sandy soil I often pass that old garden and it still grows wonderful vegetables though Dad is long gone. We dug masses of straw mixed with manure into it every year and the soil was wonderful, Hard work required I know but in the end you will get there.

Frank.

tomatoes

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 10:52

Italophile, Probably you are correct in Italy, here in the Northeast of England with one foot in the sea not so. They need a steady temperature plenty of TLC and liquid sunshine in the form of feed. Night temperature here can drop dramatically a green house is essential to try and keep even heat and my greenhouse being a lean to with a solid South facing brick wall manages to do that hence the tomato's are often weeks ahead of other growers. We garden to our own weather and conditions, In southern Europe I have seen tomato's grown as a field crop it could not happen here.

The ideal way is to grow more than you need then keep the strongest plants to grow on, that way you do not encourage disease, none of us want that among our lovely plants.

Frank.

peonies

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 10:37

Rosemummy, Read your mail again and realised the established plants you have are older ones that need a bit of TLC. it will be next year now before they pick up although the foliage should be clean and shiny. If this is not so cut out any stalks of leaves that show disease browning shrivelling, once it has flowered remove the dead flower heads now to work. Make a mulch of compost, home made if you have it, add some bone meal and granular fertiliser, well rotted manure if possible for those that have it, most will not. Now put a thick mulch around the root ball but not touching it, never cover the top is my experience they do not like it, water in. Repeat that again late summer.

Spring cut down all the old foliage and lightly brush any debris away from the root, another mulch and it will be away growing its head off. Always stake and string the plant will grow through and cover it. They love South and West facing mine have that although the Rosa Plena is in a spot where it only gets the afternoon and evening sun, it thrives.

They can suffer Paeonia wilt, Brown spot and buds failing to open, the latter is usually to dry and not enough feed as with any plant water feed cleanliness are essential.

Frank.

peonies

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 23:55

Rosemummy Paeonia is the given name although it should be "wait for it" Paeoniaceae and was once called Ranunculaceae. now most people say Peony.

The red ones will be Rubra-plena once called Officinalis but they have been superseded by crosses. How old are the plants they take years to grow and I have a Rubra put in four years ago that has produced just three large beautiful flowers this year, that was after I threatened it. The original Rubra 20 years old has masses of flowers ready to open. I also have Rosa -Plena a delicate pink with white edges which will come into flower after the Rubra.

I do not know the Sarah Bernhardt but what you describe will take three years minimum to flower and probably longer, these are long lived plants and need time to settle and build up root before they will start flowering, well that is my experience over very many years. A late snap frost could have damaged the flowering bud you can only wait and see. This forum is to answer questions from people with problems, if we were not happy answering we would not be here so ask away.

Peanuts3 Stake your plant and scrape away the soil on the top of the root ball though I would raise it now. Take as big a root ball as you can and gently lift then prod plenty of rich compost under and tamp it down, more rich compost around it and tread it in then water freely, keep it staked. Three or four canes around the plant with interwoven string will keep it safe. Make sure the original top of the root ball is clear and when feeding or mulching add it in a ring about a foot from the plant. I leave the foliage on the plant over winter as a frost guard and clear it away in Spring.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:34

Yarrow2, Told you I loved her and so did Dad so I got dragged to see all her pictures from being a pup. The film you are talking about was a wartime one called His Butlers Sister, but favourites were Cant help Singing, Mad about Music (who isn't) Three Smart Girls. She broke my heart when she stopped making musicals some where in the late 1940's. The correct name by the way was Deanna Durbin and the other one is Andre Rieu I have some of his discs and DVD's.

Joan once dragged me kicking and screaming into a puppet theatre in Salzburg, it just was not me, I had the best night ever, it was a wonderful experience. We danced our way round Austria quite a few times often with requests for us to demonstrate what they called the English Waltz, the night in Vienna came right out of the blue, we shot on the floor as the leader raised his baton and did a solo, why, did they think we were part of the show? we were in best bib and tucker. As I said the place was jam packed yet when we went on the floor again it partly cleared and we got space to Viennese Waltz, glorious memories.  Something similar happened in Munchen, we had been up dancing a couple of times then we got up and the floor was empty they stood around and watched, we were told later the German Waltz was staid they all did the same moves we rang the changes, the English way they called it. I think I remember it as the free drinks flowed, I do not know who held who up as we made our way to bed.

My Granddaughter 4 was here today we were out in the garden and she sang to me, every word of a pop song and all the expressions, music is for all ages.

Frank.

tomatoes

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 15:07

Rosemummy, 1) Seeds do not need strong compost, mix  some fine compost with grit and washed sand about one third of each, sow the seed, always read the packet some seeds need to be deep some barely covered, water from the bottom and they need warmth a window sill or greenhouse. 2) like babies they need weaning, you cannot put them onto rich compost, as soon as they show two proper leaves move them on, a mix of half compost half sand and grit, when they have a true leafy top then pot them on into larger pots of compost with some sand and grit. 3) harden off the plants, put them out during the day cover at night for a couple of weeks then plant out.

I know you are a busy lady but seeds and seedlings need attention you cannot leave them or they are gone. The best way for you would be to sow just enough in a pot so you can get it on a window sill then prick out as soon as the two true leaves show, keep watering from the bottom (stand in a dish until the top shows damp) over watering will kill anything except pond weeds. Little and often is better than a lot and no time to prick out or pot on, a waste of time and money, it is OK for us old retired  lads we have time some people do not, so cut your coat as they say up here.

Frank.

peonies

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 10:09

Lisa, Tree Paeonia are the same genus as floral or bush Paeonia and need the same treatment.

Always keep the root ball at the same level, do not cover with soil or mulch, scatter it and fertiliser around the root ball about a foot away. They do not like to be moved and will sulk for a couple of years then suddenly flower as one of mine did, it nearly got thrown out, mind I do talk to them, "Flower this year you @------ or you are on the compost" it worked. They can be damaged by late frost they will not then flower. They love full sun though will take partial shade and they are hungry beasts so a nice rich mulch around but away from the main root stock is needed.

They are wonderful flowers I love them and have them covering a period of time with different types though with the bush type stake them as a shower of rain soaking the large flower then a gust of wind will flatten them, who said gardening was easy?

Frank.

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